Sci/tech

Plane Sensors Offering Better Forecasts
October 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Ted Bridis, Associated Press

Just after dawn in an open field, Calvin Meadows tugs a cotton tether to send aloft a 6-foot helium balloon that will carry weather instruments more than 19 miles into the sky. About the same time, technicians and scientists across the world do the same.

Hawaiian Teen Named Top Young Scientist
October 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Hawaiian teen has won a $20,000 scholarship and the title America's Top Young Scientist of the Year. He entered with a project analyzing the affect arsenic in local soils has had on Big Island school children.

Study: Lake Tahoe Landslide Made Tsunami
October 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A massive underwater landslide in Lake Tahoe thousands of years ago caused a tsunami and left ripplelike stony ridges on the lake bottom, according to a new study.

Butterfly Tagging Sheds Light on Migrating Monarch
October 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

It is a delicate process but for Gayle Hall it is a labor of love: tagging monarch butterflies as part of a program to monitor the movements of one of nature's most celebrated migrants.

Researchers Abandon Monkey Experiments
October 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

A research center has dropped a controversial proposal to conduct medical experiments on up to 100 endangered African monkeys that are natural carriers of a form of the AIDS virus but do not get sick from it.

Research Mice Leaving NYC for Suburbs
October 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press

A group of 35 hospitals and medical schools in the New York metropolitan area have decided to relocate their research mouse-breeding and mouse-holding operations in a new building in Yonkers.

Scientists Say Wood Makes Plastic Stronger
October 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry are developing a way to add wood fiber to plastic to make it stronger.

Researchers Developing Purple Tomatoes
October 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Oregon State University researchers are fine-tuning a purple tomato, a new blend of colors and nutrients. The skin is as dark as an eggplant. But it doesn't just look cool, it could be better for you.

Ozone Hole Size Sets Record
October 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

This year's Antarctic ozone hole is the biggest ever, government scientists said Thursday. The so-called hole is a region where there is severe depletion of the layer of ozone in the upper atmosphere that protects life on Earth by blocking the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Mexico Rejects Biotech Corn Planting
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

Mexico this week barred Monsanto Co. and other biotechnology companies from planting genetically engineered corn, rekindling fierce debate in that country over the technology.

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